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Patrick

I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.

Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1597)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "Dissapointed by end of series"
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    The first book started off great, I had high hopes for rest of series. The end of the first book was not bad but the whole style and pace of the fantasy changed. The second book I wanted to stick a nail in my eye when the author talked about love (perhaps due to my cold heart). He had creative plots ideas but really needed to just slow the pace down and focus on the quality of the writing. I loved some of his characters, Vye (or however its spelled) must be among my favorite women in fantasies, but like every character in this book she is unrecognizable by the end. Truth is I am very angry about this series, it had such potential by the third book a new plot twist was revealed every chapter like any bargain bin fantasy. I might give the author another shot but I have many more worthy authors to spend my money on before then.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (986)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "Doesn't deserve 4.5 stars"
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    The book is fine but like most ratings on audible is definitely overrated. Book feels disjoint and through most of the book I did not care about any of the characters.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8664)
    Performance
    (7781)
    Story
    (7912)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Outdated writing"
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    I am a huge fantasy fan but the Hobbit has an old writing style meant to appeal to children yet full of violence and monsters. Tolkien is an incredibly original and talented person who put tons of detail and depth into creating middle earth (although most of the detail is put into the lord of the rings books). But just because this book is incredibly influential to all subsequent fantasy, it doesn't make it an interesting and compelling read. I struggled to get through this audio and it is only 10hours. I have high hopes for the movie though because the lord of the rings movies cut away most of the dryness of the books.

    Sorry I have no time for nostalgia, get this book if you do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4911)
    Performance
    (4521)
    Story
    (4518)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Fast paced and fun"
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    This fantasy has a pace and style unlike any others I have read(listened) to. The mood of the book is always light, and the author doesn't slow down the story for the sake of trying to describe the world/ atmosphere. The first half of the book was hilarious and fun. My only issue with the book was that the second half of the book was not nearly as funny and some of the characters disappeared from the story line. Also the second half of the book didn't seem to have the same significance to the major story arcs the first half did. In a matter of taste I am not sure this fantasy shares the style my favorites do but I will certainly read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1698)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (950)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "The reader is terrible and I can not get past it"
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    I can sense great potential in this series but the reader is horribly terribly awful. I had to re- listen to many sections of this audio. He is too slow when he reads which makes the book progress at a snails pace. His accents are annoying, and I hear the same accents carry between different characters. The main character has a squeaking boys voice and he still sounds like a 6 year old when he close to a decade older. David Eddings why do you have such bad taste in readers because now I cannot possibly enjoy the series. The revelations in plot made me foolishly get the next book. I have yet to touch Sister of sorcery (or whatever its called) and for this I curse you Cameron Beierle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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